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Frontier Airlines continuing Bellingham-Denver flights By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com With strong traveler response from its seasonal flight between Bellingham and Denver, Frontier Airlines expects to bring the route back next summer, a company executive said. “We were pleased with how the summer service went,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president of commercial operations. “We saw the level of local-

market performance we were looking for.” Frontier operated daily flights between the two locations from late May to mid-September. Shurz said that despite a slow start, by the middle of June the Bellingham-Denver flight was one of the airline’s top performers among its new markets. Daniel Zenk, the Port of Bellingham’s aviation director, said



Ryan Uhlhorn, Pickford Film Center theater manager, prepares a film reel in the theater’s projection room. The Pickford is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to buy new digital film projection systems. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO


Pickford Film Center needs thousands of dollars for new gear as Hollywood plans an all-out digital film shift By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com


or years, movie theater owners have anticipated the demise of 35 mm film—the standard of movie projectors since the birth of modern cinema. Now, time seems at hand for the projector reel’s last wrap. Earlier this year, 20th Century Fox—one of Hollywood’s major film distributors—announced that by 2013, it would stop releasing movies on 35 mm reels and switch to a new digital format. Other distributors are expected to follow. The development was abrupt

news for many small theaters, including the nonprofit Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, which has yet to keep pace with the major theater chains that have already converted most of their screens to digital. “It was the timeframe that caught everybody by surprise,” said Michael Falter, the Pickford’s program director. As the industry sheds its analog roots, small theaters face expensive equipment upgrades. Since profits in the business are already hard to come by, industry analysts predict thousands of American movie theaters unable to afford

the digital switch could be forced to shut down. At the Pickford, the message is clear: Convert or close. Directors will now try to raise enough money to purchase new digital projectors for each of its three screens: two at its main downtown facility on Bay Street and the other just a few blocks north at its Limelight Cinema on Cornwall Avenue. The effort comes with a hefty $225,000 goal, which the center hopes to bring in through donations and grants, said Alice Clark, the Pickford’s executive director.


Local developers have a $5M plan to save the waterfront Granary Building By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com


1920s-era building in the middle of Bellingham’s central waterfront with highend apartments, new restaurants, offices and expansive coastline views. For a price tag of $5-6 million, it’s a project one development group has envisioned for the abandoned Granary Building on the city’s waterfront. John Blethen, a longtime community developer and business owner, presented a conceptual drawing of what the remodel could look like during a recent Port of Bellingham commission meeting. “I’m here to romance an old building,” Blethen told the commission. The drawing, which shows the

north side of the building from the intersection of Roeder and Central avenues, depicts a structure full of windows with shops and restaurants on the ground floor along with outdoor seating areas and walkways. Rob Fix, the port’s interim executive director, said he thought the concept was impressive. Along with the city of Bellingham, port officials have undertaken the massive cleanup and redevelopment process for the waterfront property formerly owned by the Georgia-Pacific company.

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Business networking and education opportunities BIG IDEA PITCH FEST Attendees will have opportunities to vet their ideas against seasoned entrepreneurs and successful NOV business managers during the BIG Idea Lab’s Pitch Fest event at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 114 E. Chestnut St. in Bellingham. Promising pitchers will have a shot to win a full membership at the BIG Idea Lab, up to three months of free coworking space and the chance to receive investments. Pitches will be selected at random through a business-card drawing prior to the event. Those chosen will have three minutes to share their idea with a panel of judges without the aid of slides, notecards or other props. The panel will ask questions and give feedback, then select the winning pitch. More information is online at: pnw.cc/eSWg9.


GET A LEG UP ON THE JOB HUNT Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s NOV Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the MAC Gym of the Wade King Student Recreation Center. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by WWU’s College of Business and Economics and Career Services Center, the Business Career Fair provides opportunities for students and alumni of all majors to discuss internship and employment possibilities with participating organizations. Attendees looking to build a business-focused social media profile will be able to take advantage of the “Get Linked In” photo booth from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete listing of participating employers and information about how to prepare for the

fair, visit www.wwu.edu/ careers. For more information about this event, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280 or call 360-650-3240.

LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE With a focus on sustainable design and construction, Sustainable Connections is partnering with the NOV Northwest American Institute of Architects to co-host a regional green building and smart growth conference on Nov. 8 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will center around the Living Building Challenge, a design certification program that looks at development in a variety of performance areas. A line-up of conference speakers is available online at pnw. cc/eSTxI. For members of Sustainable Connections, the Northwest American Institute of Architects


and the Cascadia Green Building Council, registration costs $105. For general admission, registration is $115. Contact Rose Lathrop at rose@sconnect.org for more information.

PEACE BUILDERS AWARDS The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center invites the community to help honor the 2012 Peace Builder Award winners at the NOV 10th annual Peace Builder Awards Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Majestic in Bellingham. Tickets are available online at www. whatcomdrc.org, or at the WDRC office, Village Books, Boundary Bay and the downtown Community Food Co-op. Attendees can enjoy music form Lindsay Street, Boundary Bay Brewery will provide appetizers and drinks, and the Upfront Theatre will perform improvisational comedy. For more information contact Ellie Rogers at 360-676-0122.


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Who’s news in Bellingham & Whatcom business Valenzuela earns physician executive of the year award

said Nancy Steiger, CEO and chief mission officer for the PeaceHealth Northwest Network.

Dr. Peter Valenzuela, medical director for PeaceHealth Medical Group, has been named 2012 Physician Executive of the Year by Medical Group Management Association Peter Valenzuela and its standardsetting division, the American College of Medical Practice Executives. The award honors a physician executive in a medical group practice who has exhibited outstanding leadership to achieve exceptional medical group performance in the delivery of health care in his or her practice and community through personal example and collaborative team management. “Dr. Peter Valenzuela’s ongoing commitment to each patient—both in his practice and as an administrator—demonstrates his medical expertise, management acumen and PeaceHealth’s core values of respect and stewardship,”

Shannon Point director to retire after 28 years Stephen Sulkin will be retiring next summer as professor and director of Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center. Sulkin has been the center’s director since 1985. A search for Stephen Sulkin his successor will begin early next year. “Dr. Sulkin’s contributions to Western have been many,” said Catherine Riordan, WWU provost. “I would go so far as to say that Western is a different—and much better— place ­because of Dr. Sulkin’s superlative work.” The outgoing director cited his aid in the center securing a $4.9 million grant in 2006 for construction of the Marine Education Center as among his most significant accomplishments. He also helped

obtain continuous funding for the center from the National Science Foundation, and represented the Shannon Point center during a 2003 White House ceremony where it received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering mentoring.

Saldivar promoted to VP position at Peoples Bank Peoples Bank has promoted Jerimy Saldivar to vice president and manager of its business services group. Saldivar joined the bank in 2001 and has spent the majority of his tenure building Jerimy Saldivar the bank’s merchant services portfolio. “The breath and complexity of products offered through the business services group is largely a reflection of Jerimy’s leadership,” said Anthony Repanich, Peoples Bank’s executive vice president. Saldivar lives in Lynden with his wife and four children.


Frontier’s flights were, on average, more than 90 percent full for much of the summer. Most airlines consider a break-even point when their flights are at least 70 percent full, Zenk said. “When you’re in the 90 percent range, that flight’s been very, very successful,” he said. Frontier, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., runs low-cost air service to more than 80 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Shurz said the airline

doesn’t collect data or surveys on how well customers respond to new flights. But through informal feedback from Denver travelers, he said new destinations are usually a hit. In Bellingham, the fact Frontier’s summer flights were so full helped the airline gauge its success. “Generally speaking,” Shurz said, “if the planes fill up, that tells us the community’s responding.” The senior executive did not have details on next year’s Bellingham-Denver summer flight. Those would likely be released in December, he said.

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This past summer, Shurz had said Frontier sought to utilize Bellingham’s location and cheap operating costs to attract Canadian passengers. Travelers from north of the border are the bulk of the Bellingham airport’s passenger base. He added that Bellingham’s airport has so far proven to be a strong market, particularly considering the success of Allegiant Air, another low-cost carrier attracting Canadian passengers. “We’re in some extent piggybacking off that, and in some extent expanding that,” Shurz said.




produce than ones using traditional film.

Projectors capable of running the new digital format, called the Digital Cinema Package, cost between $70,000-$80,000 each. Clark said the center would like to buy equipment by next February. Film distributors say the new mandated format would offer higher-quality picture and sound. Films made using the new format would also be cheaper to

Film manufactURE NEARING ITS END Movie studios have been building digital momentum for the past decade. In recent years, more blockbuster titles have been shot using digital formats. The 2009 hit, “Avatar,” was the first film shot exclusively in digital to win an Academy Award for its cinematography. Digital’s success has brought a significant loss in

demand for makers of traditional 35 mm film. The industry is dominated by two main players: Fujifilm of Japan and the American firm Eastman Kodak. Kodak, whose products are considered a standard in 35 mm production and other photographic film types, is in the middle of a major restructuring after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2012. With the lack of moviestudio demand for 35 mm

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film, which has always been expensive to manufacture, industry experts say its production could be approaching its final days. Michael Falter said the announcement from 20th Century Fox cited changes in the 35 mm film manufacturing industry as a catalyst for the speedy timeframe of the digital change. The interior of one of the Pickford Film Center’s 35 mm projectors; this model was originally built in the 1920s. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO

mechanics to computers

Ryan Uhlhorn, the Pickford’s theater manager, has been a projectionist for two decades. Ten years ago, he hated digital films. “It was kind of lifeless back then,” he said. “It was stale looking.” But since then, he’s warmed up to the new technology, he said. While Uhlhorn doesn’t consider himself a full convert, he said he appreciates the improvements that have been made to digital film’s color depth and image sharpness. Digital film also lacks the occasional scratches or other foreign elements that can appear

on screen when using traditional 35 mm film, Uhlhorn said. Falter said he doesn’t expect most filmgoers to notice any on-screen changes with the new Digital Cinema Package. These days, Falter said, audiences go to movies expecting the quality level that digital film provides. Of course, doing away with traditional film projectors will bring major changes to the jobs of theater projectionists around the country. An occupation that has always involved a highdegree of mechanical knowledge and a unique romanticism for cinematic

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machinery would have to shift to one that emphasized computer-based troubleshooting, Uhlhorn said. “I’m sure there are a lot of older projectionists who have been doing it forever that just can’t take the fact that all that mechanical repair is gone. It depends on who you are, I guess,” Uhlhorn said. “But I’ve been seeing the writing on the wall for a long time. My biggest thing is that I want to go into a movie and I want the experience to be lifelike, have good color, and I want to be able to be pulled into the film.”

Conversion is not optional Alice Clark said one of the more difficult parts of the fundraising process has been explaining to the Pickford’s fans and members the complicated and, at times, highly technical details of the digital switch. Another challenge is getting people to understand that converting the theater’s equipment is not optional, she said. Falter said if the Pickford tried to save the money through its own profits rather than go to donors, it would could take five to seven years to save enough money. Having to survive without new digital systems for that long would not be possible, he said. Clark has planned a series of events over the next few months to help raise money and awareness. The Pickford has been accepting donations on its website, by mail and at its two box offices. More information is available online at www. pickfordcinema.org. The center’s directors are confident they will receive the support they need from Pickford filmgoers, Clark said. “People really want us here,” she said. “They want us to continue what we’re doing.”

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GRANARY | FROM 1 The port announced in early September that the Granary Building would be included in the agency’s first request to developers for potential uses of the site. Fix said the request would likely go out in late November or early December. In terms of the port’s efforts, the fact developers were looking at the Granary Building for mixed commercial and residential use was a good signal, Fix said. “It was exciting to see the drawings,” Fix said. “It was a really great looking building. I think it’s a good sign of where the real estate market is heading.” The proposed $5-6 million cost of the development group’s plan is about one-third of the dollar amount the port’s environmental programs director, Michael Stoner, suggested would be needed to handle structural rehabilitation and deal with mold and infestation problems in the building. During a joint meeting of the port commission and the Bellingham City Council back in May, Stoner said

it could cost up to in the request, the project. But the port was $14 million to bring building was to be not yet far enough along in the Granary back combined with adjathe process for him to say to life. At that cost, cent land near the what a request for the site renovation would not head of the Whatcom would look like, he said. be financially viable, Waterway. During Blethen’s presenStoner said at the Blethen said his tation, port commissiontime. group’s proposal for ers Scott Walker and Jim Yet with pubthe Granary was a Jorgensen spoke positively lic outcry over the “stand-alone deal,” about the project’s potenpotential loss of the and would not include tial. Jorgensen said he was historic structure, the adjacent property. happy to hear the group port commission has He added that unless was working with local decided to go ahead the port already had developers. and give developers a potential developer Blethen said the proposal a chance to propose in mind, he thought was a way to save a historic The development plan features a Granary Building with both commercial lumping the Granew uses for the component of Bellingham’s and residential units. CONCEPT ARTWORK BY RICK MULLEN | COURTESY OF JOHN BLETHEN, JAMES WILLSON nary with surrounding waterfront and encourage building. The $14 million property would be a new private business in the figure has been disputed by apartments in the Granary’s uncertainty over how the tough sell. emerging district. Plus, he tower, a mix of additional port planned to offer the developers. Rob Fix said he was in said rehabilitation would apartments and offices on building once a request to Blethen, who described favor of allowing flexibility prevent a previous plan the second floor and space developers was released. the port’s estimate as for development proposals to tear down the Granary, for more offices and restauWhen the port “crazy,” said renovation on the waterfront, includwhich port officials have rants on the ground floor. announced the Granary on the Granary Building ing leaving the Granary estimated would cost about Both Smith and Blethen Building would be included Building as a stand-alone would not require a lot of $500,000. confirmed the development demolition work, and after group had secured committouring the site a couple ments from potential tenmonths ago, he said strucants, but neither could give turally, it is well built. “We’re thinking that $5-6 specifics on who would be ready to move in or how million is a realistic nummuch space could be filled. ber,” Blethen said. Smith said he thought a The Granary proposal is remodeled Granary Buildstill in its early stages. ing would be a wonderful Michael Smith, a princiaddition to the city’s waterpal at Zervas Group Archifront. Representatives are ready to book your tects in Bellingham who is “We’re really excited connected to the project, next event in the Pacific Northwest’s about this project,” he said. said the remodeled buildbest and newest event space. Blethen said one hang-up ing would include up to six for the group’s proposal was


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Seeking holistic care, some veterinarians turn to acupuncture treatment By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com


ight-year-old Tripp lies on an exam table with half a dozen acupuncture needles inserted into various parts of his body. Tripp suffers from congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and idiopathic seizures. To treat his conditions, he takes a plethora of medications and visits health specialists weekly. He also has four paws and a wet nose. For Deb Bruner, who rescued Tripp from a puppy mill three years ago, treating her canine with acupuncture is part of a holistic care regimen she uses on rather than relying solely on drugs. “I just feel like if we can take care of an

animal with fewer meds, then why not?” Bruner said. “The medicines have so many side effects.” In the exam room, Tripp is being treated by Dr. Brooke Lucas of the Kulshan Veterinary Hospital in Lynden. Lucas recently added acupuncture to her range of services. While still an emerging, and sometimes controversial, component of veterinary medicine, a number of offices around the country are offering acupuncture among their care options. At least two trade organizations are devoted to the practice: the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association promotes training

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Deb Bruner, left, gets a kiss from her dog, Tripp, as he receives acupuncture treatment from Dr. Brooke Lucas at the Kulshan Veterinary Hospital in Lynden. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO programs for veterinary acupuncture on its website. Lucas, who has been a veterinarian for six years, said she had been interested in using acupuncture to treat animals since she was a student in veterinary school. She received acupuncture training through a five-week post-graduate course. She has performed the treatment on a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, cows, llamas and goats. Lucas uses acupuncture to treat many different ailments, but she said it seems to work particularly well in animals with arthritis, back hip or hip disease. “It’s another option to offer,” Lucas said. “Typical Western medicine doesn’t have all the answers.”

science behind the needle? Critics of the practice usually point to missing evidence that acupuncture improves the health of animals, similar to arguments from skeptics of acupuncture’s benefits on humans. Veterinary acupuncture in the U.S. has been in practice since at least the 1970s. Researchers are still studying its effectiveness and usefulness. Yet anecdotal evidence from practitioners and pet owners suggests acupuncture can play a role in animal health care. Deb Bruner, who runs a Bellingham doggie daycare business called 3 Schips and a Girl, said she has seen positive benefits

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of acupuncture on Tripp— who is of the schipperke dog breed—particularly in helping his allergies. Lucas believes acupuncture is good component of treatment for animals needing pain relief. But she was quick to say that acupuncture was not the sole treatment she recommends. “I’ll never say that acupuncture is a cure-all for everything,” she said Acupuncture treatment centers on stimulating certain points on the body, typically by inserting small needles into the skin. The goal of the practitioner is to correct the flow of “life energy,” referred to in traditional Chinese medicine as “qi.” In acupuncture treatment, the obstruction of this energy is thought to be a cause of many health problems. Researchers have yet to correlate the practice with Western medicine. But some have noted that acupuncture points tend to be in close proximity to spots on the body where nerves enter muscle tissue. During a typical session, Lucas starts by checking the animal’s pulse. Then she examines its tongue. She said the tongue’s color and size are keys to reaching a diagnosis and determining which acupuncture points to use. Some of her patients, including Tripp, receive chiropractic care during the session, as well. Once Lucas decides which points to use, she inserts the needles. They will remain in the animal for 10-30 minutes, depending on the ailment and the animal’s temperament. During Tripp’s session, Lucas inserted needles around his paws and ears, as well as in various spots along his back. The small, furry dog looked unfazed through the treatment, resting calmly on the table and occasionally looking up to Bruner, who stood next to the exam table, watching. Lucas said the animals are rarely a problem during sessions. But owners, however, occasionally need some consolation, especially ones who are there for the first time. “Sometimes, I definitely need to calm the owners down first,” she said. “If the owner’s calm, then the animal’s more calm, too.”



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Creators of the BodyFloat bicycle seat post struck gold with crowd funding platform By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com


o get a new product from conception to production, Paul Barkley and Charlie Heggem needed a kick. Barkley had just put finishing touches on his invention, the BodyFloat—a dualspring bicycle seat post designed to deliver better comfort and performance for riders. The longtime cyclist came up with the idea while working with rural development organizations in central Africa, where his bicycle was his main mode of transportation. Marketing materials from Cirrus Cycles—the company Barkley and Heggem founded in 2011—have claimed the BodyFloat would allow cyclists to feel as though they are actually levitating over their bikes. Getting the product off the ground meant turning to Kickstarter, the increasingly popular crowd funding website that allows users to ask for donations to develop inventions or projects. Since projects must meet stated fundraising goals to earn their donations, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing gamble. The site has generated close to $400 million in donations since its creation in 2009, and it has successfully funded more than 30,000 projects. Yet more than half of the campaigns on the site fail to reach their thresholds. To get donations, project creators offer incentives for backers who lend support. For the BodyFloat, Barkley and Heggem offered a series of items based on

how much a donor would give: $5 donations would get a sticker, $25 would get a T-shirt—those that gave $199 (the expected retail price for the BodyFloat model 2.0) would have a BodyFloat shipped to them once production started. Kickstarter’s incentives act as an accountability tool and allow people to essentially pre-pay for a product. Yet there is no guarantee that a project will deliver. While Kickstarter’s terms of use say project creators are legally required to meet their stated goals, the site’s owners do not give refunds to donors if a project fails. For Cirrus Cycles, the game paid off. After a 30-day fundraising period with a $10,000 goal, Barkley and Heggem pulled in more than three times that amount. By Kickstarter standards, it was a success. But for the company, it was one step in the process. BBJ: What inspired you to go to Kickstarter instead of going along the usual route to find investors? HEGGEM: Kickstarter has always been an important target for us. From the standpoint of crowd funding, which is kind of a new “normal” in today’s business environment, it provided an opportunity for us to market to a diverse audience, to prove the value of the product we have and to see what kind of reach we could get with it. We tripled our asking amount to a little more than $30,000, which we were very happy with. That not only established us with more

Paul Barkley, left, and Charlie Heggem, stand in front of Cirrus Cycles’ BodyFloat display booth that the company uses at industry trade shows. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO than $30,000 of sales, but it showed us that we have a viable product that has a definitive value within the cycling market. We do have some standard investment platforms that we are pursuing with investors, and that has been going on since we started the company last October. So, we’re pursuing the traditional avenues of funding through investors and such, but Kickstarter’s an important piece, because we do have a brand new idea and product we’re trying to launch. BBJ: Your initial target on Kickstarter was $10,000. Were you surprised that you managed to raise more than three times that amount? HEGGEM: From an inside standpoint, I think we were shooting for a little bit lower target so we could make sure we got the threshold met on Kickstarter. But also, I think in my brain I was always shooting for that $25,000 to $30,000 line. That’s where I thought we would

come in. It makes you feel good for it to be confirmed that you have that kind of a reach. BBJ: Now that you have the money, is the pressure on to get your product out on time? HEGGEM: We’re in a unique situation where we’re building a manufacturing business here in Bellingham, and that has its trials and tribulations and adventures. Kickstarter has launched us and we have “X” numbers of product now that we are obligated to fulfill. We have to change gears from the marketing side and go into the production side, and because this is our first run of producing a market-ready product, it’s a challenging piece. That’s just a challenge that we’re going to have to go through right now to get us to where we have a finished product ready for the consumers to enjoy.

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But it definitely is a challenging environment as a startup to have to go into that “ka-boom” where you need to manufacture and deliver. Our products aren’t little independent widgets, they are extremely complicated and highly engineered. We’ve got a lot of interest from third parties that have contacted us since who are asking: When’s the launch? When’s the product going to be available? Which is great—it’s great to have demand. Now we need to back ourselves up. The pressure is on for us to deliver. Our “beta” units now are getting moved into production, and we still have to evolve the product over time. These first deliverables are pieces that we hope we can use to get a lot of feedback from individuals that buy them. That’s another great aspect of Kickstarter. It will allow us to evolve the product. BBJ: Why base your production in Bellingham?



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HEGGEM: When Paul and I got together, we shared a definitive ethic of creating a local, sustainable business that really has its roots in Bellingham. We’ve always really enjoyed what Bellingham has to offer on an engineering level.


So, when we got together, we wanted to build this company and set up our manufacturing base here. We wanted to develop a way within our business plan to ensure that its stays here in Bellingham, that it stays here in the Northwest. We might have to outsource our machining or our extrusions to regional facilities. We just can’t handle building 10,000 units here. But that would be on-shore outsourcing, and we can sustain a lot of businesses here and we want to be able to give our business to them. Yes, it would be cheaper for us to go to Taiwan United Way of Whatcom County unitedwaywhatcom.org

or China. But that is not where we want to go, and that is not the right way to run what we do. That’s why we’re choosing the path we are on right now. BBJ: What advice would you give to others who might consider using Kickstarter to fund their inventions or products? HEGGEM: Like I said earlier, the crowdfunding aspect of Kickstarter is what we think as the new normal for startup businesses. Today’s technology has allowed us to take ideas and bring them into fruition quicker than they might be able to actually come into fruition. Social media has a tendency to do that.

“Ideas are cheap and plentiful. You need to have the business plans to go behind them.” So, you have to be prepared. If you have an idea, make sure you are well prepared and you’ve gotten advice from a lot of different people. That’s a really important element with this, and I think Kickstarter is one of many crowdfunding sources that offer the opportunity to take an idea and pursue the American dream, or pursue any dream for that matter. Ideas are cheap and plentiful. You need to have the business plans to go behind them. Launching a Kickstarter campaign without a business plan that allows you to take advantage of and build from your results is going to sink you if you don’t have that tool in place.

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Top news items from BBJToday.com WinCo Foods plans $7M remodel of former Joe’s Sports store WinCo Foods has filed a building permit with the city of Bellingham for a $7 million remodel of the former Joe’s Sports store just off of Meridian Street. The grocery chain plans to make tenant improvements to the vacant retail space at 300 E. Bellis Fair Parkway, which is next door to Value Village, according to the permit that was accepted by the city on Oct. 5. The building has more than 100,000 square feet of space. The company has considered the vacant space for the past few years. In 2010, it began a design review process to make changes to the building’s facade and parking lot. Mike Read, a spokesperson for the company, said he was not in a position to comment on the permit filing when he was reached by phone on Tuesday, Oct. 16. But he did confirm that WinCo Foods was interested in the store location. WinCo, based in Boise, Idaho, operates more than 80 stores in the western U.S., and employs more than 14,000 people, according to its website. The employeeowned grocery chain is known for its 24-hour stores and discount prices.

Secretary of State sends warning on fraudulent fee requests The Washington Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about



mailings being sent out by an entity calling itself Compliance Services or Corporate Records Service. The mailings request “annual minutes” and a fee of $125 be sent to them for filing. The notices are not being sent from the Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division. The secretary’s office said annual minutes are not required to be filed with the state—they are supposed to be kept by businesses themselves. The fraudulent notices could be confused with legitimate notices sent by the secretary’s office or the state Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Services reminding business owners to file their 2012 annual reports. For more information, contact the secretary’s Corporations and Charities Division at corps@sos.wa.gov or call 360-725-0377. Compliance Services and Corporate Records Service should not be confused with the Washington corporation Compliance Services Inc.

Whatcom, along with 300 new government jobs. Mining, logging and construction sectors have seen the largest gains, adding 900 new jobs in the past year. The leisure and hospitality industry added 600 new jobs, and professional and business services have added 300. State officials estimate there are 108,090 people in Whatcom County’s workforce, up more by 3,300 from one year ago. Elsewhere in northwest Washington, Skagit County’s preliminary unemployment estimate for last month was 8.5 percent, Island County was 7.8 percent, and Snohomish County was 7.6 percent. San Juan County posted the lowest unemployment rate in the region, and in

the state, with 5.3 percent. Grays Harbor and Ferry counties tied for the highest rate statewide—at 12 percent. State officials reported last week that Washington’s statewide unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. Unemployment rates at the county level are not seasonally adjusted due to the small sample sizes, according to the Employment Security Department, so they should not be compared directly to the seasonally adjusted statewide rate. Read more business news items on BBJToday.com, or find us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Whatcom unemployment falls— at 7 percent in September Unemployment in Whatcom County dropped to a rate 7 percent in September, according to early estimates from the state Employment Security Department. That’s below August’s revised rate (7.6 percent) and the unemployment level from September 2011 (7.7 percent). Since last September, 3,100 privatesector nonfarm jobs have been added in

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business, and of course— prize money. So, what does a baker do with $10,000? Expand the cupcake brand. “We knew we wanted to expand the business,” Katie said. “The money from the show will help us do that.” Katie’s Cupcakes has launched a new T-shirt line, and within the next couple months plans to publish a children’s book featuring a lineup of colorful cupcake characters. The T-shirts, which can be seen online at www. wearcupcakes.com, feature cupcakes with names such as “Rocky Road,” “Linda Lemon” and “Perfect Peach.” Along with the apparel, Katie plans to add new gourmet dessert items to the bakery’s menu. She said she would also like to eventually open another location, which would be similar in size and character to the Fairhaven shop, either in Whatcom County or Skagit County.

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Neal Swanson said his wife had wanted to explore additional retail markets since the cupcake shop began seeing success. Katie’s Cupcakes opened on Harris Avenue in 2009. Katie said she was inspired to start the business after making visits to Manhattan’s famous Magnolia Becca Ord pours glasses of milk as she sets up shop for a private party at Bakery while liv- Katie’s Cupcakes in Fairhaven. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO ing in New York City. cupcake bakers from differ- allowed Katie to put her Magnolia Bakery is often ent parts of the country in a cupcake baking ability to credited as the spark of the three-round bake-off. the test. late ‘90s “cupcake craze,” A panel of judges decides “It’s neat to be able to get which led to worldwide which bakers move forward your business on TV,” he growth of cupcake-specific in the competition, and said. bakeries, as well as cookwhich ones are eliminated. “But after being in a town books and blogs devoted to After taping the show, of this size and being one the single-serving desserts. Katie knew the results. Yet of the only cupcake shops, After arriving in Bellingshe had to stay quiet until it was [a chance for Katie] ham, Katie said she knew the episode aired due to to get honest feedback the time was right to open contractual obligations with from quote-unquote expert shop. Food Network. judges.” “I knew I wanted to open Katie and Neal weren’t Katie said while elements my own business,” she said. even allowed to grant oneof the show’s competition “Something just sparked, and on-one interviews to local were played up for theatrical I knew I wanted to do it.” press prior to the premiere, effect, the tension and stress Though the “Cupcake even after news broke that evident on “Cupcake Wars” Wars” episode aired on Oct. the bakery would be feawere familiar feelings. 8, Katie flew to Los Angeles tured on the show. Keeping “I would say that it is to film the show in July. the secret was a challenge, actually similar to working “Cupcake Wars,” now both said. in the shop on a busy day,” in its seventh season, pits Neal said the show Katie said.


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that proposals will be received by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) until 5 pm, Pacific Time, on November 26, 2012. The Workforce Board is seeking a qualified professional to conduct several focus group sessions. Approximately $12,000 is available for this project. The Workforce Board is an equal opportunity employer. Minority and Women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply. The Workforce Board reserves the right to reject any or all submittals and to waive irregularities in the RFQ. The Request for Qualifications is posted at: http:// www.wtb.wa.gov/WPBLRequestforQualifications. asp. For further assistance contact Martin McCallum at (360) 709-4613 or email mmccallum@wtb.wa.gov.

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Information in the public record BANKRUPTCIES CHAPTER 7 Mary Elaine Henry and Claude Steven Henry, case no. 12-20774-KAO. Filed Oct. 25. Roger Michael Candanoza Jr., case no. 12-20772-KAO. Filed Oct. 25. Joseph Brian Mills, case no. 12-20753KAO. Filed Oct. 24. Christopher John Isom, case no. 12-20750-KAO. Filed Oct. 24. Eldor Richard Garcia, case no. 12-20729KAO. Filed Oct. 24. Ramiro Lopez Ortiz Jr., case no. 12-20724KAO. Filed Oct. 24. Sarah Michell Lunde, case no. 12-20723KAO. Filed Oct. 24. Stephen Muncey Woodward, case no. 12-20707-KAO. Filed Oct. 23. Joshua Allen Ragsdill, case no. 12-20634KAO. Filed Oct. 19. Eugene Frederick Gluck, case no. 12-20621-KAO. Filed Oct. 19. Malori Susan Smith, case no. 12-20595KAO. Filed Oct. 18. Robert Floyd Yancey Jr., case no. 12-20587-KAO. Filed Oct. 18. Matthew James Pluard and Shauna Kay Pluard, case no. 12-20560-KAO. Filed Oct. 18. Eric Paul Barnes, case no. 12-20551-KAO. Filed Oct. 18. William Allen Granger, case no. 12-20533KAO. Filed Oct. 17. Kimmie Lee Van Vliet, case no. 12-20532KAO. Filed Oct. 17. Karin Loverich Johnson, case no. 12-20527-KAO. Filed Oct. 17. John Richard Weber and Kelly Coleen

Weber, case no. 12-20520-KAO. Filed Oct. 17. Michael Joseph DeAnnuntis and Lisa Gayle DeAnnuntis, case no. 12-20511KAO. Filed Oct. 17. Kevin Wayne Foster and Christina Doreen Foster, case no. 12-20428-KAO. Filed Oct. 15. Jesse Alphonso Paez and Lindsay Marie Paez, case no. 12-20362-KAO. Filed Oct. 12. Mitchell Blaine Hansen and Darcee Jean Hansen, case no. 12-20300-KAO. Filed Oct. 11. Russell Louis Stevenson and Tomomi Stevenson, case no. 12-20280-KAO. Filed Oct. 11. Stephanie Lynne Draper, case no. 12-20265-KAO. Filed Oct. 10. Christine Rene Mastne, case no. 12-20250-KAO. Filed Oct. 10. Tod M. Bunker, case no. 12-20232-KAO. Filed Oct. 9. Theth Foeung and Laura Jean Foeung, case no. 12-20230-KAO. Filed Oct. 9. Amy Lynn Henderson, case no. 12-20193KAO. Filed Oct. 8. Jacob Dylan Segel and Brittney Lynn Segel, case no. 12-20180-KAO. Filed Oct. 6. Nancy Lorene Wyly, case no. 12-20095KAO. Filed Oct. 3. Troy Eugene Apeles and Julie George Apeles, case no. 12-20075-KAO. Filed Oct. 3. Thuan Dinh Nguyen, case no. 12-20068KAO. Filed Oct. 3. Travis Lee Martin and Candace Michelle Martin, case no. 12-20062-KAO. Filed Oct. 3. Paul Charles Hart Jr., case no. 12-20060-

KAO. Filed Oct. 2. Donald Carl Weaver and Dana Michelle Weaver, case no. 12-20024-KAO. Filed Oct. 1. Gopal Das and Bonnie Jean Das, case no. 12-19992-KAO. Filed Sept. 30. Michael Paul Granfors, case no. 12-19921KAO. Filed Sept. 28. Steven Arnold Diem, case no. 12-19842KAO. Filed Sept. 27. Yvonne Nicole Castaneda and Roberto Esteban Castaneda, case no. 12-19819KAO. Filed Sept. 26. Tammy Anne Lovelace, case no. 12-19814-KAO. Filed Sept. 26. Drew Michael Thayer and Jolene Kehr Thayer, case no. 12-19795-KAO. Filed Sept. 25. Doris Kathryn Ferry, case no. 12-19779KAO. Filed Sept. 25. CHAPTER 11 Stebner Real Estate Inc., case no 12-19825-TWD. Filed Sept. 26. CHAPTER 13 Karen M. Baker, case no. 12-20585-KAO. Filed Oct. 18. Timothy Chris Call and Tracy Jean Call, case no. 12-20536-KAO. Filed Oct. 18. Thomas Patrick LaPlante, case no. 12-20339-KAO. Filed Oct. 12. Judith Carol Larkin, case no. 12-20151KAO. Filed Oct. 5. Jerry Davis Caldwell, case no. 12-20111KAO. Filed Oct. 4. Jeffery Eldon Rich and Carly Lynn Rick, case no. 12-19991-KAO. Filed Sept. 30. Jesse Lee Eisses, case no. 12-19837-KAO. Filed Sept. 16.

TAX LIENS Doeden Enterprises LLC, Samish Way Adult Family Home, $3,982.07 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Milts Pizza Place LLC, Lynn Bernard Vanderyacht MBR, $15,905.79 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22.

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Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Inc., $14,008.90 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Martha M. Peterson, Crown CreationDental Arts, $4,517.74 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Ray A. and Elizabeth F. Levesque, $5,894.21 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Trident Structural Incorporated, $15,493.98 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Paul N. Redington, $68,197.26 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Theodore A. and Sylvia V. Maranda, $70,664.12 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Robert and Myia Opsvlg, $3,487.32 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Guidos Italian Cuisine Steakhouse and Pizzeria Corporation, $7,365.80 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Jerry D. Horner, $6,202.80 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Juan Augustin Vicente, Vicente Farms, $29,496.28 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Terrance W. Brown, $58,051.68 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. IDA Services Inc., $15,450.10 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Inc., $14,463.50 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Cicchittis Pizza Inc., Cicchittis Pizza, $15,324.01 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Martha H. Dejong, $41,488.42 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Catherine A. Fast, $5,249.48 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Xinix Packaging Corporation Inc., $12,761.84 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 4. Advantage Factory of Washington LLC, $25,964.45 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 4. Debbie J. Boyd, $54,782.59 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 4. Catherine A. Fast, $14,001.82 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Sergio and Juana Pineda, $14,491.54 in

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unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Sept. 28.

JUDGMENTS C&H Management Services Inc., $7.445.78 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 24. Amy Marie Butler and Rory James Butler, $104,009.06 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 24. Myouzishan Starvin LLC, $887.87 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Saving Lives From Fire LLC, $1,894.90 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Pine Creek Construction Inc., $9,399.36 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Nami Japanese Restaurant Inc., $4,696.78 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 22. Rude Family Enterprises LLC, $2,614.82 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 19. Jerry David Alvarado, $13,763.74 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 19. Pacific Northwest Karate LLC, $1,039.99 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 19. J Sport Inc., $1,204.32 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 19. Denito B. Lopez, $232 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 17. Lourdes A. Medina, $6.049.07 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 17. Joseph D. Kelley-Scott, $3,672.10 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 15. Raindance Roofing Inc., $3,058.77 in overpaid Department of Labor & Industries benefits. Filed Oct. 11. NW Choice Construction Inc., $9,156.03 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11.

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Allan Van Hofwegen Jr. and Lynette Van Hofwegen, $1,982.17 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. La Vie En Rose, $979.71 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Rod R. Davis and Michelle M. Davis, $4,496.87 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. George Keizer and Sherry M. Keizer, $4,262.92 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Rollan S. Woodward and Edith Faye Woodward, $1,408.01 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Northern Pacific Transportation, $4,237.77 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Lidhran Farm Inc., $3,288.04 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Beverly Ann Casey and Clark Wesley Casey Jr., $3,074.05 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Jayme Jean Clemenson, $1,050 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Milts Pizza Place LLC, $1,548.76 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 11. Anthony W. Kesslau, $5,272.23 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 10. Jesse A. Perea, $968 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 10. Anne M. Wyman, $181.99 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 10. QFS Inc., $5,410.17 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 10. Zippy Services Inc., $157.01 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 10. Concrete Finishing by Forrest, $3,387.75 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 8.

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Muscle Marketing USA Inc., $565.83 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 4. Doeden Enterprises LLC dba Golden Dream Adult Family Home, $774.85 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 4. J&J Farms Inc., $242 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 4. Claassen Enterprises LLC, $4,693.33 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 3. John J. Lira and Laurie M. Pennington dba Jerome’s Upholstery Auto, $2,183.80 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 3. Nautigirl Brands LLC, $387.62 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 3. Corey B. Shek and Leslie K. Shek dba Juice It, $1,943.19 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 3. Star Trucking Incorporated, $839.69 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 3. Tac Systems LLC, $5,486.81 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Oct. 2. Ben Mahbir, $6,389.80 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Dyystra Construction Services, $3,733.41 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Clark W. Casey, $43,232.71 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Pioneer Trucking Co. dba Pioneer Trucking Company, $8,534.37 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Timothy Scott Moore dba Slide Mountain Bar & Grill, $558.57 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Advanced Wellness Products Inc.,


BBJToday.com $217.94 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Trident Structural Incorporated, $18,893.53 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. Emad T. Eyoub dba Starvin Sams XVII, $140.66 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. JJK Holdings Inc., $1,917.67 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed Oct. 1. B&J Fiberglass LLC, $22,039.67 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. John P. Deleon and Maricela Deleon dba Peecho’s Auto Cleaning, $756.69 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Leigh C. Lichtenwaldt dba The Raven’s Nest, $1,663.58 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Norman A. Ridge, $1,656.80 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Matthew J. Simmons and Jessica M. Simmons dba Simmons Automotive Services, $1,101.92 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Ronald L. Wolfmeyer dba Wolfmeyer Enterprises, $2,128.79 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Whatcom Sign Post Inc., $1,101.92 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 28. Halldorson Homes Inc., $5,509.18 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26. Patriot Sales Inc., $168.56 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26. Triple D LLC dba Dale’s Electric, $4,407.34 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26. Tubb’s Tavern dba Tubb’s, $6,611.01 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26.

Vivian L. White dba Skagit Family Law, $1,950.32 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26. Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Repair, $5,669.17 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26. David A. Dopps dba David A. Dopps, $2,128.76 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Sept. 26.

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LIQUOR LICENSES NEW APPLICATIONS Jansen Art Center , applied to sell liquor in a nonprofit arts organization at 321 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264. Filed Oct. 22. Cafe Rumba, Marco Antonio Mallet and Jose Antonio Diaz applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant and for off-premises consumption at 1470 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Oct. 17. Extremes Sports Grill, Carl M. Schuessler and Patricia R. Schuessler applied for a license change to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant lounge and sell kegs to go at 4156 Meridian St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed Oct. 4. Seabreeze Coffee House, Catherine A. Stovall and Joe Stovall applied to sell beer/ wine in a restaurant at 21 Bellwether Way, Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 928225. Filed Oct. 4. Halibut Henry’s, Vicki Ann Rogers and Gary Wayne Rogers applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 355 Harris Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Oct. 3. PFC’s Limelight Cinema; Kathleen Allison Culver, James Moncrieff Willson, Kathryn Ann Washatka and Ben H. Frerichs applied to sell beer/wine in a tavern at 1416 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Sept. 26.

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